Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Extremely violent animated addition to the Batman story.

PG-13 2012 76 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 15+

A great movie, just don't show it to kids

Being that this is an animated Batman movie, you'd think it was better for kids than the Christopher Nolan trilogy. Well think again. This one is much less appropriate for them. Personally, I would've thought the same way around the time it was released (I was 12 years old). However, this one has much more of the dark elements you could find in the aforementioned trilogy. For one, it's much more violent, Batman is much less merciful than he was in other adaptations (he still doesn't kill anyone, but that's beside the point), the villains are much darker and more violent, and Gotham as a city is much more like a less live able version of Detroit, with all the violence and city problems included. In other words, it's not only more violent and much darker than The Dark Knight, but it is so in half the time. Batman himself isn't necessarily a (pun intended) knight in shining armor, he's a very morally ambiguous character in this rendition who seems to enjoy the fights he gets in, rather than being content with doing so to deliver justice. That being said, it's not an entirely joyless story, and it's a great film nonetheless. Just be sure you know what you're showing your kids, because this one is not the ideal family movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 14+

This title has:

Too much violence

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